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My daughter has decided she wants a Little House on the Prairie birthday party. She will be turning 7. I have a few ideas for games and crafts, but am interested to hear y'all's ideas. Or if you know a good website. I did look at a few, but some of the crafts I don't think I can do (such as the corn husk dolls) because of what's easily available here. So, if anyone has some thoughts, please share.<br><br>
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How fun! I'm not very crafty or good with that kind of thing but I was going to say that the Holly Hobby stuff looks very "prairie" as well and you might find some party favors or something along those lines.<br><br>
Okay, confession. I'm kind of a LH-aholic---books, movies, TV series. It might be neat if you could go out to a farm or something that does hayrides? Or you could do like the LH TV episode Town Party, Country Party and all go wading in the creek.<br><br>
Anyway, what a fun idea. I wish I had though of having an LH theme party when I was a little girl.
 

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I google pioneer party and tonnes of links came up.<br><a href="http://www.boardmanweb.com/party/pioneer.htm" target="_blank">Here's one</a><br><br>
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Oh my goodness! Yay! I am so excited for your little girl's party!<br><br>
I LOVED LHOTP when I was a kid and I still do to this day. When I was a child, I was Laura Ingalls for Halloween one year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Bonnet, braids, calico dress, lunch pail)<br><br>
Anyway, I wanted to tell you that there is a Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House on the Prairie cook book. It might be out of print now, but check. I had a copy when I was a kid. My mom used to make the baked goods that Ma Ingalls made for Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Grace. (the little cakes they had at Christmas, vinegar pie, etc) You could maybe figure out a menu of goodies for the party from this cook book.<br><br>
Also, there is a Laura Ingalls Wilder songbook. My dad used to play music from this song book so if anyone is musically inclined, you could have that at the party or just lead a few songs for the kids (Old Man Tucker, Oh Susannah, Wouldn't Marry a Farmer). The songs in this book are the songs Pa Ingalls played on the fiddle for Mary and Laura.<br><br>
Let's see...maybe you can look in the books and see what games the Ingalls girls played and play them at the party. Also, I think it's in "On the Banks of Plum Creek" where Laura and Mary host a birthday party and all the kids from school come. You could model your party after that one.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Have fun! Post the results sometime...I'd love to know how everyone enjoyed it!
 

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Anyway, what a fun idea. I wish I had though of having an LH theme party when I was a little girl.</div>
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Me, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Or you could do like the LH TV episode Town Party, Country Party and all go wading in the creek.</div>
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Great idea!<br><br>
I believe the party episode is based on the two different birthday parties of Nelly and Laura in On the Banks of Plum Creek.<br><br>
I know the book describes in detail the differences between the town party and the country party, and the games and food. You could use this as reference.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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There are some recipes and stuff on the Little House website <a href="http://www.littlehousebooks.com/" target="_blank">http://www.littlehousebooks.com/</a>
 

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More parties? Little House in the Big Woods describes the sugaring dance. That could be ideas for food. There's another (though teen ish sounding) party described in the "Little House in Town" book. Laura is invited to a dinner party and they play some games afterward. That could also be a reference for you.<br><br>
You could see if you library has the Little House cookbook.<br><br>
Laura has Charlotte, the rag doll. Perhaps you could have the kids make dolls from felt and stuff them and paint them with fabric marker? Depending on the age, you could precut doll shapes and punch holes with hole puncher so they just lace up with yarn. Winky Cherry (author) has books for simple kid's sewing you might use as a reference.<br><br>
But I think the main thing is to keep it simple -- pioneer days were.<br><br>
GL!<br>
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We had a Laura Ingalls party for our 3 yo (yes, her request). Obviously we didn't do a lot of games/crafts that were pioneer themed for that age group, but here is a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaverfamily/250735974/in/set-72157594294576411/" target="_blank">picture</a> of her cakes. Let me know if you want details - I'd be happy to share how I did them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Oooh, I like that covered wagon cake. How'd you do that?<br><br>
I've seen the cookbook and there is a craft book, also, but the crafts in there mostly wouldn't work well either for our place and time (hard to get corn husks in Alaska in September) or they wouldn't work well for a party of little kids.<br><br>
I found a couple of games that will work for outside, but need some ideas for inside, as the weather is so iffy. Last Sept it was fairly warm on dd's birthday, but then it snowed a couple of weeks later, so there's no telling if the kids can go out or not.<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My daughter has decided she wants a Little House on the Prairie birthday party. She will be turning 7. I have a few ideas for games and crafts, but am interested to hear y'all's ideas. Or if you know a good website. I did look at a few, but some of the crafts I don't think I can do (such as the corn husk dolls) because of what's easily available here. So, if anyone has some thoughts, please share.<br><br>
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What about making butter? You can put cream into a jar (or jars) and have the kids take turns shaking it. If you add honey and salt, you get delicious honey butter that you can have with bread as a treat.
 

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The covered wagon cake I just baked in a loaf pan, sat it on two stacks of cookies, and used the same cookies for the wheels. The wagon cover is parchment paper, and I think I was supposed to glue toothpicks to the parchment. Either I didn't try it or it didn't work, so I just used the toothpicks almost like push-pins to tack the edges of the parchment to the cake. It stayed in place nicely.<br><br>
I'm sure the party will turn out great! Good luck!
 

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My 5 yr old had a little house party this year... We made button strings (like Laura and Mary made for Carey) with lots of interesting buttons (available lots of places on-line). I also sewed together very simple rag dolls, and the kids decorated them with scrap material, buttons, ribbons, lace, etc. We used glue since the kids were all pretty little, but you could also do some sewing...
 

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Great idea!<br><br>
I believe the party episode is based on the two different birthday parties of Nelly and Laura in On the Banks of Plum Creek.<br><br>
I know the book describes in detail the differences between the town party and the country party, and the games and food. You could use this as reference.<br><br>
Have fun!</div>
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Actually, I did dig out my daughter's copy of Plum Creek (she got to go there, this summer) and read about the parties for some ideas. I have several ideas, actually, am just looking for more in case someone comes up with something I like better than mine! lol<br><br>
Am definitely going to try that covered wagon cake. Very cool!<br><br>
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Oh--one other thing we did was to make name cards... In one of the books, Laura and her friends all get name cards from the printers, and they exchange them with each other. We made some on our computer for each of the kids (with their names in a neat font and a little picture), and they exchanged them with each other. That went over really well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually, I did dig out my daughter's copy of Plum Creek (she got to go there, this summer) and read about the parties for some ideas. I have several ideas, actually, am just looking for more in case someone comes up with something I like better than mine! lol<br><br>
Am definitely going to try that covered wagon cake. Very cool!<br><br>
Crystal</div>
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The covered wagon cake is very cute and very creative! I'm impressed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about making butter? You can put cream into a jar (or jars) and have the kids take turns shaking it. If you add honey and salt, you get delicious honey butter that you can have with bread as a treat.</div>
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We made button strings (like Laura and Mary made for Carey) with lots of interesting buttons (available lots of places on-line). I also sewed together very simple rag dolls, and the kids decorated them with scrap material, buttons, ribbons, lace, etc.QUOTE]<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh--one other thing we did was to make name cards... In one of the books, Laura and her friends all get name cards from the printers, and they exchange them with each other. We made some on our computer for each of the kids (with their names in a neat font and a little picture), and they exchanged them with each other. That went over really well.</div>
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Cute ideas! What a fun party this would be. I'm so happy kids are still reading these books!
 
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